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Cafe2U is the world's premier mobile coffee franchise. We offer franchisees the opportunity to take control of their lives!

Join the UK’s Number One Mobile Coffee Franchise

Cafe2U is the UK’s leading mobile coffee franchise system, delivering fresh espresso coffee and great food to businesses, events and functions. Cafe2U is a member of the British Franchise Association and has over 85 franchisees in the UK.

Cafe2U… The UK’s Leading Mobile Coffee Franchise

With over 250 franchisees worldwide, Cafe2U is the UK’s (and the world’s) leading mobile coffee franchise system, delivering fresh espresso coffee and great food to businesses, events and functions. In the fast-growing coffee industry, Cafe2U offers opportunities for small business entrepreneurs to own their successful mobile coffee business without the hassles of landlords, rent or staff. With over ten years' operating experience and over 85 UK-based franchise partners, our expertise is both extensive and proven.

The Cafe2U business model is based on weekday success, with our franchise partners able to increase this regular revenue through event and function work, so you can balance your lifestyle and business goals. Whether your aspirations are to operate a single van or to build a multi-van business, Cafe2U have the proven formula to help you achieve your goals.

Each Cafe2U franchise owner is equipped with a state-of-the-art all-electric mobile café fully compliant with all Food Safety and Local Government requirements.

Cafe2U's exclusive coffee blend is roasted to a unique recipe that uses only the finest beans. All Cafe2U branded products are made with only top-quality ingredients to ensure that the food and beverages served are of the highest standard. 

Training and Support

At Cafe2U our training and support is second to none. We make sure you have the tools for success. In March 2009, the Cafe2U Acceleration Package was launched. This four-week training and support program for all new Cafe2U Franchise Partners ensures that your business gets off to a flying start.

The Cafe2U Acceleration Training and Launch Programme provides new Franchise Partners with:   

1 week of classroom training, incorporating:

  • Professional barista training
  • Safe food handling (HACCP Certification)
  • Food management systems
  • Franchise Partner training manuals
  • Business operations manuals
  • Business development manual
  • Launch promotional pack
  • Business management training
  • Local area market training 

1 week Franchise Partner (in territory) pre-work conducted under supervision of the Franchise Development Manager (FDM) – a personal coach and mentor to help you get up and running

2 weeks in territory launch program with a Franchise Development Manager to fast track the development of the business

2 weeks of minimum £275 per day Franchise Partner Revenue Guarantee.

Best of all, your till will be ringing and your customer base will start to build!

The FDM is always available for help and visits each Franchise Partner quarterly to document success and plan improvements and growth. Franchise Partners are supplied with a local area marketing toolkit and in January/ February Cafe2U holds its Annual Conference where Franchise Partners from around the UK and Ireland gather for a motivating weekend of learning and networking.

Financial Information

Our franchise fee (excluding your vehicle) starts from just £20,950 plus vat; which includes your exclusive territory licence, training, launch and marketing pack.

Your Cafe2U all-electric mobile café and all your equipment is £49,950, and can be funded over 3, 4 or 5 years. We can assist you in arranging finance (subject to finance approval) even if your personal investment is just £20,000.

You could even qualify for a Government backed Business Start-Up Scheme which would allow you to borrow up to £25,000 without investing any money of your own. This figure doubles, if the business has two Directors. We are more than happy to discuss this option in more detail with you.

Some of the Benefits of being a Cafe2U Franchise Partner

  • No % royalty –Fixed weekly fee
  • Low initial investment
  • No prior experience necessary
  • Booming industry – according to the British Coffee Association; in the UK, we now drink approximately 98 million cups of coffee per day.
  • High profit margins
  • High level of daily repeat business.
  • Industry leading 4-week training, including Acceleration Package and income guarantee
  • Ongoing support and training

What we look for in a Cafe2U Franchise Owner

Like any business, owning and operating a successful Cafe2U franchise requires 100% commitment. With this in mind we encourage you to carefully consider the following important points whilst you conduct your due diligence:

  • Determine your motivation for wanting to join the Cafe2U team 
  • Assess any lifestyle and income implications of owning and operating your own Cafe2U franchise
  • Determine if your financial situation supports the establishment of a Cafe2U franchise.
  • Ensure you have the desire to be the very best in mobile coffee.

Franchise Territories

We have a unique territory-mapping program based on a sample of existing territories. This allows us to provide you with an exclusive Cafe2U territory, which we know will provide a customer base sufficient for the needs of a successful franchise.

Exclusive territories allow you to choose your area and never compete with other Cafe2U Franchise Partners. With Cafe2U, your neighbours are your teammates, not your competition.

Prime territories are available across the UK.

Cafe2U News

Coffee Franchise Enjoys Crowning Glory

Leeds-based mobile coffee franchise Cafe2U celebrated a memorable weekend recently after being chosen to cater for the members of the Armed Forces involved in the coronation of King Charles III.

Red Van Goes Green: Cafe2U Launches World's First All-Electric Coffee Van

The nation’s largest mobile coffee franchise, Cafe2U, has launched the world’s first totally emissions-free coffee van.

Cafe2U’s Franchisees Serve up Record Sales, Despite the Pandemic

Coffee van franchise and mobile cafe provider, Cafe2U, has seen both a boost in recruitment with 14 new franchise partners joining the business in the last year and now record sales for its franchisees, all despite the challenges faced during the pandemic.

Abi Ward – Cafe2U - Case Study


Abi Ward, a Cafe2U franchise owner in Castle Donington since November 2019

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Why did you choose to become a Cafe2U franchisee?

“I had thought initially about setting up a coffee shop but it felt like such a pipe dream and I kept telling myself I couldn’t do it! Then, after one particularly awful day at work, I sat in the car on my way home and thought ‘why am I doing this?’ I knew I needed to just stop and do something completely different.
“In one of the companies I had worked in we had a Cafe2U van visiting us daily and I can remember thinking, how fabulous it must be to go around making people coffee and having a chat! When I got home I googled Cafe2U and I read all the case studies and the info on the website and that was it, I knew this was what I wanted to do.

“I gave them a call and I spoke to Martyn (our CEO) and arranged a meeting. I was already excited and had a really strong feeling this was the right fit for me and my family. After meeting Martyn and spending a bit of time with a wonderfully inspiring franchisee (Sam from Syston) I was 100% in!

The support from all of the Cafe2U team was amazing!

How did you get set up?

“I had some savings and I used that as my deposit. Then, after speaking to Franchise Finance, they helped me to create a business plan so I could then get a loan to help with the set up costs. It was really daunting, but my family fully supported me and I was encouraged to go for it as they believed I could make it work!”

What training and support did you have?

“The support from all of the Cafe2U team was amazing! They were always there to answer my random questions before my franchise actually started and then the week of training I received really helped to build my confidence and excitement. The two franchise. Also, I have never felt alone and I know I can get any support I need!

This business is so much more than just making cups of coffee!

What’s your day-to-day like?

“My days start at 6.30 when I get downstairs and get the ovens and coffee machine switched on!

“Usually there is a bit of stock to move around, notice boards to update and the general set up of the van. My first stop is at 7.45 and from then on I have a set round of stops that I visit where I meet up with my regular customers and often get a passer-by drawn to the van by the lovely smell of fresh coffee!
“It’s then non-stop for me until 3.30pm. I have 17 stops on my round but each is about 15-20 mins with a few getting 30 mins so I can serve as they get their breaks.

“During each day I will make on average, 80-90 hot drinks. During the summer the frappes and smoothies do take a bit longer to make but they are so nice and my customers don’t mind the wait!

Once I get home it’s a full clean and restock of the van, getting her ready for the next day. This sometimes takes an hour or two (if the van needs washing as well).”

What challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?

“My biggest challenge initially was the competition on my patch. During my due diligence prior to signing up I didn’t really think about looking for other coffee vans. It was also quite difficult to sell the coffee aspect to certain customers as they came back with ‘we have free drinks on site’.

“My advice is not to panic, have patience and keep trying. They might have free tea and coffee but at some point you will find someone who likes a decent drink instead of the ‘disappointing’ coffee they currently have - those are actual words from a customer.

“Others will also see customers having a great experience and the tasty treats to eat at their desk. What’s more, treat every customer as special and that builds the relationship! This business is so much more than just making cups of coffee!

How to become a Cafe2U franchisee

If you’re thinking about becoming a Cafe2U franchisee and want to discover similar experiences to Abi, then you can find out more about the process and costs here

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